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Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics Child Abuse Prevention Policy- CAPP


Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is committed to the development of our athletes as well as the safety and welfare of all members within our organization. We also support the Child Abuse Prevention Policy (CAPP) and require all athletes, coaches and members to fully participate and the guidelines apply to all Xtreme Gymnastic Club sanctioned activities.

Disclaimer: MPC is not providing legal counsel and our recommendations do not constitute legal advice.
MPC is not responsible for outcomes if guidelines are incomplete, misused, followed or not.

 

Introduction and Definitions

Introduction

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is committed to the development of our gymnasts as well as their safety and welfare. This Child Abuse Prevention Policy (CAPP) is designed to provide clear guidelines and expectations for all athletes, coaches and organizations members on:

  1. Abuse or misconduct prevention strategies
  2. Appropriate behavior
  3. Effective response to concerns

Unfortunately, youth sports can be a place where misconduct, including child physical and sexual abuse, has the potential to occur. This Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics approved document will provide the guidelines for appropriate behavior in hopes that the risk of abuse will be minimized. These
measures, while aimed at protecting youth, also serve to better protect adult coaches and volunteers.

Definitions

Please note: Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics coaches are now mandated reporters, so we felt a definition of child abuse was appropriate and necessary.

  • Child, Children, Athlete, Player, Minor and Youth:  Anyone under the age of 18
  • Child Physical Abuse: Abuse or Child Abuse or Neglect means an act or omission that threatens the health or welfare of a child in one of the following categories:
    • Skin bruising, bleeding, malnutrition, failure to thrive, burns, and fracture of any bone, subdural hematoma, soft tissue swelling, or death and:
      • The condition or death is not justifiably explained.
      • The history given concerning the condition is at variance with the degree or type of such condition or death.
      • The circumstances indicate that the condition may not be the result of an accidental occurrence.
    • A controlled substance is manufactured in the presence of a child, on the premises where a child is found, or where a child resides.
    • A child test positive at birth for either a schedule I or II controlled substance, unless the child test positive for a schedule II controlled substance as a result of the mother’s lawful intake of such substance as prescribed.
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Child sexual abuse involves any sexual activity with a child where consent is not or cannot be given. This includes sexual contact with a minor that is accomplished by deception, manipulation, force or threat of force regardless of whether there is deception or the child understands the sexual nature of the activity. The sexually abusive acts may include sexual penetration, sexual touching, or non-contact sexual acts such as verbal acts, sexually suggestive written or electronic communications, exposure or voyeurism.
  • Emotional Abuse:  The terms ‘abuse’ or ‘child abuse’ or ‘child neglect’ include any case in which a child is subjected to emotional abuse. 'Emotional abuse' means an identifiable and substantial impairment or a substantial risk of impairment of the child's intellectual or psychological functioning or development.
  • Misconduct:  Conduct which results in harm, the potential for harm or the imminent threat of harm. Age is irrelevant to misconduct. There are six types of misconduct in sport: emotional, physical, sexual, bullying, harassment and hazing.
  • Peer to Peer Sexual Abuse/Misconduct:  Approximately 1/3 of all child sexual abuse occurs at the hands of other children and the obligation to report extends to peer-to-peer child sexual abuse. Peer-to-peer sexual abuse covers sexual activity between children without equality or as a result of coercion, physical force, threats, trickery or emotional manipulation to elicit cooperation. There can be an aggressor, age difference or an imbalance in power or intellectual capabilities.
  • Grooming Behaviors:  Grooming is the process of desensitization that predators use on children to prepare and trick them into accepting sexual abuse. Grooming is a way for the perpetrator to gain trust and confidence and draws the victim into a secret sexual relationship. Grooming can include but is not limited to: targeting a victim, isolation, meeting the child’s needs, giving a child special attention, buying gifts and having power and control over the child.
  • Child Abuse Prevention Policy (CAPP):  A set of policies and procedures that assist the organization in the prevention of child abuse and misconduct

 

Colorado Child Abuse Laws

What Constitutes Abuse: Act or omission where child is subjected to sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, emotional abuse or prostitution; where child is in need of food, clothing, shelter, medical care or supervision because parent or guardian fails to do so; where child exhibits evidence of skin bruising, bleeding, malnutrition, burns fractures, etc.; or circumstances indicate a condition that may not be the product of an accidental occurrence.

Mandatory Reporting Required By: Physicians, child health associate, dentist, chiropractor, nurse, hospital personnel, school employee, social worker, mental health professional, veterinarian, peace officer, pharmacist, psychologist, fireman, victim’s advocate, commercial film and photographic print processor, clergyman, private paid club coaches.

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect: Reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child is subject to circumstances or conditions which would reasonable result in abuse or neglect.

To Whom Reported: County or district department of social services or local law enforcement agency.

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Report: Willful violation: Class 3 misdemeanor plus liability for proximately caused damages
For more information and definitions go to www.childwelfare.gov

Resources:
North Metro Child Advocacy Center
303-254-6696

Blue Sky Bridge Child Advocacy Center
303-444-1388

Broomfield Police Department
303-438-6400

Boulder County Department of Social Services
303-441-1000

Broomfield County Department of Social Services
720-887-2271

Sex Offender Registration Website
www.sor.state.co.us

 

 


Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics Club Code of Conduct

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all athletes and members of its organization. It recognizes the responsibility it has to promote safe practices to protect athletes from abuse and misconduct. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics has adopted clear guidelines and protocols to minimize the opportunity for child abuse and to help staff, volunteers and parents recognize inappropriate or undesirable behavior.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is committed to embracing differences and diversity, respecting the rights of all athletes and its members and will follow these guiding principles:

  • The welfare of each athlete is the primary concern.
  • The rights, dignity and worth of all athletes should always be respected.
  • All athletes, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief, sexual identity or skill level have the right to protection from all forms of abuse or misconduct.
  • Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics will work in partnership with parents, athletes, staff and volunteers to promote the welfare, health and development of our athletes.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics will:

  • Promote and implement the Child Abuse Prevention Policy (CAPP) to safeguard the well-being of its athletes and to prevent abuse and misconduct from occurring.
  • Recruit, train, support and supervise its staff, members and volunteers to protect athletes from abuse and to reduce risk to them.
  • Require staff, members and volunteers to adopt and abide by the CAPP.
  • Respond to any allegations, disclosure or concern of misconduct or abuse of an athlete as stated in the CAPP.
  • Regularly monitor, train, educate and evaluate the implementation of the CAPP and make any necessary changes.
  • Have open and regular communication with parents or guardian(s) of an athlete regarding any concerns or issues.

 

Electronic Communication Guidelines

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics understands that social media is a popular communication tool for athletes, parents and coaches. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is also aware that social media is a venue where inappropriate behavior and misconduct can occur. The risk associated with social media include: inappropriate access, sharing personal information, bullying, unwanted and unsupervised contact between adults and children, receiving unwanted material, online grooming for sexual abuse or actual unlawful sexual exploitation.

Failure to comply with CAPP guidelines could result in disciplinary action. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics has a zero tolerance rule when it comes to athlete safety and preventing abuse and misconduct.


Texting, Email and Similar Electronic Communications

  • If necessary to send a direct text message or email to an athlete, the coach must copy a parent
  • When sending a text message, the coach should sign it, not just use a number for identification so it is clear to the athlete who or what organization is sending the message
  • When sending a text or email message it should be non-personal and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities
  • Never include or contain offensive, sexual or inappropriate language or photos
  • Time of day and the number of messages sent should be considered
  • Records should be kept by the administration of every coach’s current cell number and email account(s)
  • When an athlete feels the need to text or email a coach, they should only send information regarding the sport activity and that they (like the coach) are required to copy a parent
  • Staff of Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics can text an employee who is under 18 but they must include another employee over the age of 18 or parent on the text

Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, and Similar Sites)

  •  Coaches are not to have contact with athletes on any social media venue.
  • Athlete, parents and members are never to post pictures of other club members or athletes without their permission.
  • Protecting the identity and privacy of all Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics athletes is required. Do not post names or identifying information at any time.
  • Athletes and parents can “friend” the official Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics page and coaches can communicate to athletes through the site. The communication must be open, transparent, professional in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about the team or club activities.
  • Social media sites should not be used to abuse or criticize the gym other members and athletes.

 

Changing and Clothing Requirements

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics wants all athletes to be safe at all times, but is also aware that the restrooms provide a place where abuse and misconduct can occur. Athletes are particularly vulnerable in restrooms due to various stages of dress and undress and because athletes are less supervised.
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics requires all athletes and coaches to report to their Director any and all misconduct, abuse or violations immediately.

Restroom Athlete Behavior

  • Athletes are to change clothes in private stalls in the restrooms, not in open areas of the gym or restroom.
  • No horseplay, bullying, hazing, harassment, fighting, physical contact, sexual activity, touching of other athlete’s genital areas, touching of your own body in a way that may make others uncomfortable or other forms of misconduct are allowed in the restrooms.
  • Video recording devices including voice, still camera, video or phone cameras are prohibited.
  • No pornographic materials are permitted in the restrooms.
  • Athletes are asked to dress quickly and privately.
  • No drugs, alcohol or other illegal substances are allowed.
  • Changing at the club/organization is optional.
  • The restrooms are not a place to humiliate or criticize other athletes.

Clothing Requirements

  • Athletes are to wear approved, appropriate fitting uniforms or clothing that provides full coverage of all private areas of the body during their time in the gym.
  • Athletes will be notified and required to change if clothing is inappropriate or ill fitting. Athletes may be required to wear an under layer of tights or briefs.

Coaches Behavior

  • Coaches should have a separate place to change and shower. Coaches are never to change in the presence of athletes.
  • Coaches are not permitted to physically assist athletes with uniforms or clothing issues or in the instance of a toileting accident. Parents are responsible to provide assistance.
    • In times when a parent is not available, two coaches may assist an athlete.
  • Only same sex parents or coach should go into restrooms or be a part of the supervision.
  • For safety purposes, coaches may ask athletes to us the “buddy system” when using the restroom during travel or away competition.

 

Hazing, Bullying and Sexual Harassment Guidelines

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics feels strongly that hazing, bullying, sexual harassment, initiation rituals and physical punishments are not permitted within the organization. Any form of misconduct by the team, coach or an individual in attempts to bond or take action against another individual or group of individuals which results in abuse, harassment, intimidation or any form of degradation is not allowed by any athlete, coach, volunteer or member of Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is committed to offering an environment that is free of intimidation and abuse and has zero tolerance for misconduct. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics also believes their athletes should be made aware of all forms of abuse and misconduct including hazing as many athletes will advance to collegiate level sports where hazing can be an issue.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics requires all members to report any of the following behaviors:

Hazing

Hazing can be defined as any actions, whether physical, sexual, verbal, mental, emotional or psychological which subjects another person or group, voluntary or involuntary, with a result that has the intended or unintended effect of abusing, mistreating, degrading, humiliating, harassing, or intimidating the person who may be younger, weaker or have less power. These behaviors are prohibited by athletes, coaches, parents or any member or associate of Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics.

The following are examples of, but not limited to, misconduct that is prohibited at Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics.

Hazing Behaviors

  • Forcing the consumption of alcohol, drugs or other substances
  • Shaving of body parts
  • Any activity that is illegal, perverse, or publicly indecent
  • Vandalism of any property, forced participation in pranks or public stunts
  • Dietary restrictions, sleep deprivation or creation of excess fatigue or other unhealthy behaviors
  • Deprivation of sleep or disturbing individuals during normal sleep hours, creating of excessive fatigue
  • Physical abuse of any kind (paddling, whipping or beating)
  • Mentally abusive or demeaning behavior
  • Forced tattooing or branding
  • Road trips, kidnapping, drop offs, or any other such activity
  • Subjecting a member to cruel and unusual psychological conditions
  • Morally degrading or humiliating games or activities
  • Verbal or cruel harassment including yelling and screaming
  • Participation in sexual rituals or assaults and/or required nudity or contact
  • Deception or threat contrived to convince a new member that he/she will not be permitted to join
  • Required songs, chants, yelling or screaming
  • Activities that promote or encourage the violation of state laws and club policy

Hazing does not include

  • Challenging team workouts or assigning team duties to specific athletes.
  • Activities that promote or encourage the violation of state laws and club policy
    Hazing does not include challenging team workouts or assigning team duties to specific athletes.

 

Bullying

Bullying can occur when there is an imbalance of power and the person who is older, larger, stronger or more aggressive uses his or her power to control or harm someone in weaker position. The person bullying has the intent or goal to cause harm (i.e. the act is not accidental) and the action is usually repetitious.

Bullying Behaviors

  • Any unwanted physical contact including physical pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, etc…
  • Name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, persistent teasing and emotional torment through ridicule, humiliation and/or the continual ignoring of individuals
  • Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexual comments, suggestions or gestures
  • Socially spreading rumors
  • Leaving athletes out of group activities, telling them they are unwanted
  • Cyberbulling; using the internet, email, texting, mobile phones, social media or other digital technologies to do harm to others

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment is unwanted, often persistent, sexual attention and any other behavior with sexual overtones that creates a hostile work or learning environment.

Sexual Harassment Behaviors

  • Written or verbal abusive threats, physical contact, sexually graphic literature, sexual advances, demands for sexual favors
  • Sexually oriented comments, jokes, lewd comments or sexual innuendo, taunts about an athlete’s body or dress
  • Intimidating sexual remarks
  • Fondling, pinching, or kissing
  • Offensive phone calls or photos and/or bullying on the basis of sex
  • Sexual violence such as sexual assault, rape, and sexual coercion

 

Physical Contact Guidelines

It is sometimes appropriate and necessary to have direct physical contact with an athlete for the safety and/or the skill development of the athlete. Rules for physical contact are set to reduce the potential for misconduct. These guidelines have been created to provide practical guidance for Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics’ coaches and those working directly with athletes to keep the athletes safe while promoting an overall safe environment for members and staff. Athletes, coaches, volunteer and organization members are required to follow these guidelines and immediately report any violations to their Director.

Appropriate Physical Contact

  • Physical contact should take place in public or in the presence of others
  • Physical contact by a coach and approved by the athlete that puts a body part in the right mechanical position for the purpose of skill or technique development
  • Physical contact for the purpose of assist with stretching
  • Physical contact where there is no potential for physical or sexual intimacies
  • Physical contact for the benefit of the athlete, not to meet an emotional or other need of an adult
  • Celebratory gestures such as high-fives, fist bumps, pats on the back, shoulder and head are appropriate
  • Consolation gestures such as publicly embracing a crying athlete
  • Physical contact assisting an injured athlete, preventing an injury or treating an injury are appropriate
  • Touching in a non-threatening, non-sexual manner
  • Any protective coaching intended to reduce the risk of practicing or performing a skill that may cause harm
  • Peer-to-peer contact to assist with technique, stretching or skill is allowed if approved by the peers

Prohibited Physical Contact

  • Any physical contact outside the purpose of gymnastics
  • Lap sitting, back rubs, massages, kissing
  • Lingering, maintaining prolonged, or repeated embraces of athletes that go beyond what is appropriate
  • Slapping, hitting, punching, kicking, yanking, roughly pulling, or any other physical contact meant to discipline, punish, or achieve compliance from an athlete
  • Playful yet inappropriate contact that is not a part of regular training, (e.g. tickling, horseplay, or wrestling)
  • Continued physical contact that makes an athlete or others visibly uncomfortable
  • Contact involving touching of genital areas, buttocks, or breast
  • Physical contact that intentionally causes or has the potential to cause the athlete to sustain bodily harm or injury
  • Physical or sexual abuse, or inappropriate comments regarding an athlete’s body
  • Romantic personal or sexual relationships between athlete and coach
  • Inappropriate or frequent unnecessary touching
  • A physical act required or suggested to an athlete that has no relevance to the sport, specifically intended to cause embarrassment, degradation, punishment, or which is unsafe

 

One on One Guideline

If Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics’ coaches choose to offer private lessons, the organization will require they follow the following guidelines and appropriate athlete/coach conduct. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics mandates that coaches put athlete safety first and always be aware of their own actions and behaviors, and the possible consequences. All staff and volunteers should be encouraged to demonstrate exemplary behavior in order to promote athlete’s welfare and reduce the likelihood of abuse. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics believes that private lessons can take place in a way the does not put the coach or athlete at risk.

  • Parents are required to be present during all private lessons, training sessions and meeting times with coaches
  • Follow CAPP Photographic and Recorded Images of Athletes Guidelines
  • Follow CAPP Physical Contact Guidelines
  • Always work in open environments, where you are visible to others around you. Never be alone with an athlete without another coach or parent present.
  • Move meetings that unintentionally start in private to public areas
  • When providing private lessons, do not change or dress with the child
  • Have conversations in public, never behind closed doors
  • Do not provide transportation for any child
  • Avoid upsetting the athlete. If you need to discuss sensitive issues regarding competition or other sports-related matters that you think might upset an athlete, have another coach or parent join the discussion.
  • Try to provide lessons at the same time when other coaches are present
  • Private lessons are to be held at appropriate locations and times. No lessons will be held at places or time(s) that could cause confusion about the purpose of the lesson or the nature of the relationship.
  • Activities outside coaching, i.e. dinner, movies, bowling, are prohibited unless involving the entire team and coaches.
  • Do not exchange gifts or do any special favors for individual athletes or socialize with individual athletes outside gymnastics. Do not show favoritism.
  • Coaches should not accept offers of employment for tutoring, babysitting or other services byathlete’s families.

Report the Following to the Director Immediately

  • If you accidently hurt an athlete or an athlete becomes injured
  • If the athlete seems unreasonably upset
  • If an athlete is sexually inappropriate with you or others
  • If the athlete questions any of your actions or behaviors
  • If the athlete misunderstands or misinterprets any actions or behaviors on your part
  • If the athlete discloses abuse, misconduct, or questionable behavior by another athlete, coach, or others

 

Travel Guidelines

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics recognizes the importance of travel for competitive teams, but also recognizes the importance of respectable and mature behavior home or away. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics also understands the additional risk of athlete-to-athlete misconduct during overnight travel.
The following guidelines are a requirement for athletes who wish to travel. Any violation of these guidelines will result in disciplinary actions. Coaches and athletes are to report any violations to their Director immediately.

Athlete and Parent Behavior

  • Athletes and their families are required to make all travel arrangements
  • Parents are responsible for the supervision of their athlete during all travel events
  • No athlete will travel alone with a coach unless that coach is the child’s parent
  • Travel guidelines must be agreed upon and signed by athletes before travel is permitted
  • Athletes are not permitted in coach’s room
  • Athletes should always travel in pairs when leaving the premises or competition sites
  • Drugs, alcohol and other illegal substances are not permitted in athlete’s rooms
  • Pornographic material is not allowed among athletes during travel

Coaches Behavior

  • Coaches are not permitted to travel alone with athletes
  • Regardless of gender, a coach shall not share a hotel room or other sleeping arrangements with an athlete (unless the coach is the parent, guardian or sibling)
  • Coaches are not allowed in an athlete’s room alone, except for emergencies
  • Coaches can only go in an athlete’s room if accompanied by another adult or coach
  • Coaches are not permitted to drive or transport athletes alone, unless an emergency medical need exists
  • Pornographic material is not allowed among coaches during travel

 

Responding and Reporting Abuse Concerns

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics believes it is the responsibility of all members, staff, volunteers, parents and athletes to report concerns of abuse or misconduct.

It is NOT the organization’s responsibility to decide the credibility or validity of a report or concern, only the responsibility to report it.

The organization should not attempt to evaluate or investigate the report or be concerned with false reporting but to respond appropriately and swiftly to avoid further distress to the victim. Everyone at Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is required to report any and all concerns regarding sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, bullying, hazing, coach misconduct, athlete misconduct and any other forms of inappropriate behavior immediately to the appropriate investigative agency and the Director. CAPP reporting guidelines are to be followed when reporting and responding to abuse.

Reporting Policy

It is the policy under CAPP that every employee, coach, volunteer, athlete or parent in the program must report:

  1. Actual or perceived violations of the CAPP Program.
  2. Any violations of the Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics policies prohibiting sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual harassment, bullying, threats and hazing.
  3. Suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse to both:
          a. The appropriate Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics staff
     and to
         b. The appropriate law enforcement authorities or social services agency.

A report must be made when the reporter suspects or has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected or when the reporter has knowledge of, or observes a child being subjected to, conditions that would reasonably result in harm to the child.

Any concerns of child physical abuse or sexual abuse, suspicions of child physical abuse or sexual abuse, suspected “grooming” behaviors or reports of misconduct will be taken seriously and handled appropriately.

All club members are to report concerns to the Director who will take appropriate action. The actions of the Director will be documented. A staff member or volunteer may contact law enforcement themselves and then notify the Director immediately.

 

Responding to Concerns

There are a number of reasons a person might need to report a concern:

  • In response to something a young person has said to you - a disclosure
  • In response to signs or suspicions of abuse
  • In response to allegations made against an organization member, staff or volunteer
  • In response to allegations made about a parent or someone not working within the organization
  • In response to violating Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics Child Abuse Prevention Policy (CAPP)
  • In response to anything that makes the reporter uncomfortable based on inappropriate behavior by an adult or athlete

It should be clear even if the incident occurred outside of Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics, it should still be reported to authorities.
Authorities are professionals in interviewing child victims about abuse. It is not Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics’ job so do not attempt to interview any child about a disclosure.

Always:

  • Stay calm
  • Reassure the athlete reporting their concerns that they have done the right thing
  • Don’t judge
  • Listen carefully, take it seriously
  • Write down exactly what the athlete said using the athlete’s words
  • Ask open-ended questions only to clarify, who, what, where and when
  • Let the athlete know you have to tell someone
  • Report the incident to appropriate authorities
  • Let the athlete know what your next steps are and who you will be sharing the information with
  • Fill out the appropriate forms

Never:

  • Panic
  • Show disbelief
  • Project your own reactions onto the child
  • Make promises you can’t keep or assure confidentiality
  • Make the athlete repeat the information unnecessarily
  • Delay in reporting to your supervisor and local authorities
  • Make assumptions
  • Approach the alleged abuser
  • Take sole responsibility for the information you have
  • Try to investigate the allegations
  • Make negative comments about the alleged perpetrator
  • Share personal information about you or your child
  • Probe for more information

Record:

  • Child’s full name, age and date of birth
  • Child’s home address and telephone number
  • Any time, date or relevant information
  • Who the concern is regarding
  • Using the child’s words, give an account of what happened
  • Document any visible injuries
  • Document your next steps
  • Document date of time of informing the Director
  • Document date, time and who you spoke to at the law enforcement or social service agency

Confidentiality
To the extent permitted by law, and as appropriate, Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics will keep confidential the complainant’s name on request, not make public the names of potential victims, the accused perpetrator or people who made a report of child physical and sexual abuse to the authorities.

Immediate Suspension or Termination
When an allegation of abuse or misconduct is made against a staff member, athlete or coach, that individual will be removed from interaction with athletes immediately and the organization will cooperate with the investigation and conduct its own internal investigation, if necessary.
No one is assumed guilty based upon a reported concern but athlete safety is paramount, therefore suspensions are appropriate until the investigation(s) is complete.

 

Taking and Use of Photographic and Recorded Images of Athletes

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics wants to promote information and fun activities about the organization and/or its athletes through photographs, recorded images and videos both digitally and through print. To do this in a way that ensures the safety of its members and athletes, Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics requires safeguards to protect from inappropriate use of the images or recorded images (through use of a camera, digital camera, video recorder, mobile phone, or personal digital assistant device or other recording device).

There are risks posed directly and indirectly to athletes through the use of imagery on sports websites and other publications. Photos can be used as a means of identifying athletes by people who wish to “groom” a child for abuse or provide information to estranged parents. Also, the images themselves can be used, modified, and shared among the offender population. To avoid misuse, Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics requires the following guidelines be adhered to:

  • Ask for parental permission to use an image of their child. Be clear with the parents on how the image will be used and stored (see parental consent form).
  • Never publish personal data (email, phone, home address or other information) of an athlete without signed consent form.
  • Only use images of athletes suitably dressed to reduce the risk of inappropriate use.
  • Report any violations.
  • When recording an athlete for teaching purposes or recruiting needs, care should be taken in storing such recordings and who they are shared with.
  • Members should be vigilant and report when unknown individuals are recording or photographing organization members.
  • Members are to report any concerns regarding inappropriate taking or publishing of photographs or recorded images.
  • Employees of Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics should not keep photos of athletes on any personal device.
  • Ensure the images taken reflect the positive aspect of the sport

 

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics

Coach, Employee and Volunteer
Code of Conduct Agreement

 

By signing below, I am attesting that:

  • I have read, understand and agree to comply with the Child Abuse Prevention Policy (CAPP);
  • I have asked for and received clarification about any policies I did not understand;
  • I understand that failure to comply with any of these policies may result in suspension or termination of employment or volunteer duties as a coach, employee or volunteer;
  • I understand that these policies cannot address every possible situation that presents itself and they do not eliminate the expectation of good judgment and professional behavior at all times;
  • I understand I am required to report any violations of these policies to the Director immediately;
  • I have read, understand and agree to the comply with the Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics Club Code of Conduct.

 

 

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